Album Review: Kacey Musgraves // Golden Hour

 

Album: Golden Hour

Artist: Kacey Musgraves

Release Date: March 30, 2018

Kacey Musgraves has been a black sheep in country music since she began her rise to stardom with her 2013 album, Same Trailer Different Park in 2013. Fast forward two years and she bestows Pageant Material upon us. Musgraves has always had a different outlook on the world. Some may even call her cynical. But all that has changed with her newly released Golden Hourreleased just a few weeks ago on March 30.

The newest record has seen some positive reviews. Pitchfork wrote, “The mystical grandeur of Golden Hour creates a magnetic effect as Kacey Musgraves sings simply about the world as if she’s the first person to notice, and you’re the first one she’s telling.”  There does seem to be some sort of emotional film over the sound that Musgraves has created. It’s more positive but also more vulnerable.

This sound is something relatively new for Musgraves given her hard stands on issues typically not seen or talked about in the Country music community, such as her support of the LGBTQI+ community, for which her song, “Follow Your Arrow,”  has frequently been referred as a sort of anthem.

For someone like me, who doesn’t enjoy country music all that often, the sound is fresh and her voice is clear and sensual. Musgraves makes me want to play her album through my house and pretty much let’s us all know that everything is going to be alright. Something we don’t typically get from Musgraves is a tear jerker but she did it with her track, “Mother.” We can all relate to feeling a big homesick and she takes one level further with this one.

The single released for this album is “High Horse” and it is probably the closest song we have to that typical, sort of feisty, Kacey that we have all known up until this point. She’s slowed her self down a bit and has been able to take a look around and absorb what’s around her.

If I was rating this album on a scale of 1 – 10… well, I’d probably give it an 8. This album is definitely going to be one of the best of year and I can already smell a few grammy awards coming her way.

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